Featured Artist: Evgenii Zhdanov
Evgenii Zhdanov’s designs are a doorway into a dreamworld where everything has a slightly eerie, yet breathtaking quality to it. The intricate details and ornate patterns reveal mysterious faces, hidden skeletons, and unusual creatures that leave audiences in a surreal landscape or in a futuristic new world.
Evgenii shares that music is “a very strong catalyst for creative energy” and it allows him to “comprehend my inner emotions and throw them out on a digital canvas.” He admits that he starts about 90% of his designs as a sketch first and then transfers them to Photoshop to finalize the piece. Although he is a fan of digital work, he’d also enjoy pursuing traditional mediums like oil painting as well. Evgenii is inspired by the works of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” for its “incredible atmosphere” as well as the Czech painter, Alphonse Mucha, for the “graceful lines of his art.”
Evgenii is especially motivated to work independently and to approach his art in a “responsible” manner because his “main dream is to do what I love” and to succeed as an artist. In fact, he admits that he’d like to live in a world where everyone is able to pursue their dreams because it “would be a much more pleasant place.”
He also jokes that he’d love to never need sleep and still have the energy to create art all day long. When he is having difficulty finding inspiration he tries to “do something completely different.” However, he understands that stopping the creative process can make it difficult to return to it as well. Nevertheless, one must persist because eventually you will feel a “renewed vigor” to create something beautiful again. He appreciates that art has the potential to change or improve people and he hopes that his art can “direct the energy of people to creation, and not to destruction”.’
Evgenii encourages other artists to not fear pursuing their art because sometimes the world “has some pleasant surprises for you”.